Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #391) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #391)
Transcript: Twalimfene was respected not only in Thembuland but throughout the Transkei for he was a descendant of Joyi, the popular chief who acted as regent during the minority of Ngangelizwe, the great grandfather of Sabata. His political activities, his banishment and convistion under the socalled Terrorism Act made him known to a wider public and his death will be mourned not only by his wife and children, relatives, Sabata and the Thembus, but by black and white freedom fighters and other democrats throughout South Africa. Zami and I feel his death very much because of the many acts of kindness he showed us for which we had hoped we would have the chance to thank him personally one day. That opportunity will never come.
Ethnic grouping has created friction amongst Africans in the mines and urban areas and in some cases led to fierce clashes and considerable loss of life. In September 1957 for instance, Basuthos and Zulus clashed in Johannesburg. The city council set up a commission of enquiry consisting of a former Chief Justice, a former acting Chief Justice and a former judge. They found that the policy of ethnic grouping was one of the causes of the rioting.
The head of the ANC, Chief Luthuli, in an article in May 1959 issue of the "Rand Daily Mail" pertinently asked who it was that had decided that the Bill, as its preamble stated was desirable for the welfare and the progress of our people and added that we had not been consulted on the matter and that we were certainly against the measure. He stressed that the African people did not want partition or separation and that the Bill was totally unacceptable. He condemned the allocation of only 13% of the country for the occupation of 78% of the population as plain robbery. He
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